With the loss of thousands of World War II veterans daily in the U.S., the personal stories from this worldwide conflict are quickly disappearing. In this presentation, Burgess sheds light on the reasons for war and the human side of the largest war in world history. Based on 23 years of research and hundreds of interviews with former prisoners of war, Burgess will discuss their personal experiences and the circumstances under which these men fought and survived. She intertwines the reality of World War II history within the program, and discusses the deep and complex effects the war had on the men’s lives and the lessons learned from these prisoners.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.